Big things, they say, come in small packages – which is certainly the case for Oranjezicht’s newest culinary gem, Bao Down. Though it’s only been open for a month or so (it opened in June 2018), this Asian-American 28-seater restaurant always seems packed to the brim with regulars looking for flavoursome dishes.
Behind a green-mosaic exterior, former head chef of Chefs Warehouse, Graham Oldfield, has devised a concise menu of six mains, two sides, and a dessert of the day, while his wife Philippa has created a beautifully calm space, with soft-pink interior walls, vintage exotic-bird prints, antique mirrors and origami-esque lights.
The plates may be small but what they lack in size, they make up in flavour. Bao buns, moreish spicy chicken wings, and delicious beef brisket are just a few of the items on offer, artfully plated on crockery from Chinese supermarkets across Cape Town.